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Idea to turn former Marlborough into playing fields takes step forward

Idea to turn former Marlborough into playing fields takes step forward

METROWEST DAILY NEWS – The idea of transforming a section of the 35-acre former Hudson Street landfill into athletic fields took a step forward last week.

City councilors unanimously approved Mayor Arthur Vigeant’s request to transfer slightly more than $3 million from the city’s free cash account for Department of Environmental Protection-ordered corrective actions, including installing a more robust cap, at the landfill. The landfill was closed and capped in 1982.

The landfill cap was tested in 2015 after the city was awarded a $400,000 Parklands Acquisition and Renovations for Communities grant to turn a section of the former landfill into a recreation area. City and Department of Environmental Protection Agency officials determined the cap was unsuitable for recreation and must be upgraded before the facility could be turned into an athletic field or other use. Areas on the outskirts of the property had not been properly capped.

Marlborough and DEP officials conducted several site assessments and a corrective actions alternative analysis the past few years. Groundwater and surface water testing, along with gas monitoring has been conducted quarterly in recent years.

Read the full article by Jeff Malachowski here.

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